Everything You Need to Know About Yellow Fever

Health & Medical Blog

Yellow fever is a disease that has a high mortality rate, especially if you get to the late stages of the disease without receiving treatment; that is why yellow fever vaccination is recommended.

Yellow fever is spread by mosquitoes and is common in the tropical and subtropical areas of South America and Africa. That is why doctors ask you whether you have visited Africa or South America when they suspect that you may have yellow fever.

Yellow Fever Symptoms

Yellow fever has two distinct stages:

  • First stage

These are the first three to four days after you get infected. You portray symptoms like fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, headache, muscle pain, etc. 

  • Second stage

This is the worst stage of yellow fever because it can lead to death. You may exhibit symptoms like kidney failure, jaundice, bleeding and liver failure. Death can occur within about two weeks, which is why treatment and prevention are so important.

Yellow Fever Vaccination

Children should not be vaccinated against yellow fever until they are nine months old. Adults can be vaccinated at any time, but most importantly, they should be vaccinated at least ten days before they travel to South America or Africa. The vaccination is given in the form of an injection; after which you are issued an international certificate of vaccination/prophylaxis (ICVP). This is also referred to as a yellow card; it acts as proof of vaccination.

Where Do You Use ICVP?

When you are trying to re-enter the country and it is evident that you have been to South America or Africa, you will most likely be asked to provide proof that you have been vaccinated against yellow fever. You are expected to provide the ICVP. If you cannot, you may not be allowed into Australia.

Side Effects of the Yellow Fever Vaccine

Like any other drug, some people may have side effects while others may not. Various side effects include mild headaches, muscle aches and fevers, but they don't typically last long.

Are There Any Side Effects for Pregnant Women?

If you are concerned about your baby because you are pregnant or are breastfeeding, talk to the specialists at the vaccination centre. They should inform you whether there are any risks; in most cases, there are no risks. That said, if you are pregnant, it might be wise to avoid travelling to yellow fever–prone countries, at least until you give birth and can have your child vaccinated. 


28 December 2020

Living With Varicose Veins

When I first started noticing veins protruding from my lower legs, I did my best to ignore them. However, I knew they were likely varicose veins, as both my parents have had varicose veins for several years. Eventually, I went to see my doctor due to experiencing leg swelling and red patches of skin, which turned out to be varicose eczema. I was prescribed the usual treatment, and my doctor discussed surgery to strip out the damaged veins, but I decided to postpone surgery and look at managing the swelling and protrusion of veins naturally. I started this blog to share my own experiences of trying complementary therapies, such as homeopathy, herbal medicine and massage, to manage my symptoms. I hope you find my posts useful and interesting.